Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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64 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 O n October 4, after some 120 meetings to work through the language and an ap- parent late-night f lurry of amendments, the Senate Commerce Commit tee moved its driverless car legislation to the full Senate in just under 20 minutes. The AV START Act (S. 1885), like its House- approved counterpart, would allow exemp- tions enabling every auto manufacturer to put hundreds of thousands of unmanned vehicles on public roads in the near future. The Senate legislation is a bit more cautious, however, ultimately dialing back the number of safety- rule exemptions that could be given to Highly Automated Vehicles (HAVs). The House bill (the SELF DRIVE Act, HR 3388, approved September 6) would allow 25,000 vehicle exemptions per manufacturer the first year, 50,000 the second year and 100,000 vehicles the third and fourth year with the possi- bility of extensions. The original Senate bill was more generous with 50,000 per manufacturer the first year; 75,000 the second and 100,000 for up to three more years with the possibility of extensions. To put this into perspective, there are roughly 30 auto manufacturers, according to testimony before House lawmakers earlier this Driverless Car Bills Advance As PublicÕs Doubt Takes Root WASHINGTON VIEW by DEE ANN DIVIS, EDITOR Dee Ann Divis has covered GNSS and the aerospace industry since the early 1990s, writing for Jane's International Defense Review, the Los Angeles Times, AeroSpace Daily and other publications. She was the science and technology editor at United Press International for five years, leaving for a year to at tend the Massachuset ts Institute of Technology as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. IN BRIEF Legislation supporting the testing of driverless cars on public roads advanced in the Senate but not before lawmakers added some safety and consumer-focused amendments. The approach appears more likely to make an increasingly wary public more accepting of automated vehicles. year. An amendment proposed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and adopted by the committee shaved those totals back to 15,000, 40,000 and 80,000 per manufacturer. The committee also adopted a variety of other safety and consumer measures boosting cyber security and cyber-related information, requir- ing infrastructure research, more information for consumers and a requirement that cars have alert systems to prevent children from being left in the car inadvertently and dying of heatstroke. Lawmakers also adopted an amendment to es- tablish a motor vehicle privacy database with in- formation from the manufacturers so users can see what information is being collected, how it is being used and what privacy options they have. "Today's action and the adoption of several pro-safety and pro-consumer changes to S. 1885 are a welcomed development for Advocates and other consumer and safety groups with whom we have worked to improve the legislation," said Cathy Chase, vice president of governmental af- fairs for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, in a statement. One amendment that did not win inclusion would have required auto companies to build in the ability for a driver to take over the vehicle. on Automated Driving

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